Democracy Now! Tuesday 11 January, 2005
* Headlines for January 11, 2005
Source Radio/Television broadcastLabel / Recorded by DN Studios
* CBS News Fires Four Over Bush National Guard Story
* FAIR on Bush Admin Funding of Armstrong Williams: "The Government Is Running a Domestic Propaganda Operation Secretly Targeting The American People"
* CNN Fires Crossfire, Tucker Carlson Moves to MSNBC
* Four Remaining British Guantanamo Detainees To Be Freed
Robert B. Livingston
August 3, 2013
Update to Living in "Orwellian" Times
The following was posted as Living in "Orwellian" Times April 9, 2005:
Today's program covers recent media news: the recent firing of CBS journalists, Bush Administration propaganda directed at citizens, and CNN's axeing "Crossfire".
Amy Goodman interviews Steve Rendall of Accuracy and Fairness In Reporting (www.fair.org/) who describes ongoing events and trends.
Generous clips of patriot Jon Stewart's adversarial appearance on Crossfire are aired again.
Too bad Time magazine did not choose Stewart as its Person of the Year! (Stewart's 15 minutes of unadulterated truth arguably did more to reveal our naked "emperors" running amok than even Michael Moore's revelatory film, Fahrenheit 911, which focused almost solely on the "Cheerleader from Andover".)
Amy interviews Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights (www.ccr-ny.org) who mentions that Canada's Time magazine chose Maher Arar as its Person of the Year.
Ratner describes his hopes that prisoners being held by the United States, its secret agencies, and allied third parties will receive justice. He also describes a state of affairs so dire and a government so unreflective or evil that one can conclude George Orwell's dystopian prophesies are coming to pass.
More Americans should have access to news such as this program delivers. That we are today so woefully and deliberately misinformed becomes clearly evident when facts are revealed as in this program.
Who is Maher Arar?
Why are European courts accusing Bush administration officials as war criminals?
Why does Dan Rather keep his job when others are dismissed?
Why doesn't the New York Times sufficiently deal with its monumental distortions of the run-up to war in Iraq, and ongoing events?
Are both Democrats and Republicans tacitly approving of America's use of torture?
These questions and more are addressed in this program.
That so many questions are candidly and publically asked here and less elsewhere in the United States shows again how Democracy Now! leads the way toward a renaissance of democracy for our now benighted country.
Update (February 10, 2005)
Update: On February 9th and 10th, Democracy Now spoke to CBS Producer Mary Mapes who was fired for the 60 Minutes report about George W. Bush's National Guard affiliation. In it Mape's answers pointed questions about the verity of documents that purported Bush malfeasance. She defends the documents that led to Rather's defamation and her being fired. Perhaps Democracy Now could have asked her why Rather held his job long after her. Maybe the answer is in her book: "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and the Privilege of Power."
A record of my own tongue-in-cheek curiosity about Bush's whereabouts during the Vietnam War can be found at: